Two Allen Jack+Cottier projects shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2015 Awards in November
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Two Allen Jack+Cottier projects shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2015 Awards in November

Two very different Allen Jack+Cottier projects are shortlisted at this year’s World Architecture Festival, to be held in Singapore between 4 – 6 November, 2015.

AJ+Cs sculptural Inner City Warehouse residential conversion project (New and Old – Completed Buildings) and its bold new Library for the Western Sydney University (Higher Education and Research – Completed Buildings) have been named among 350 finalists to make the final cut for this prestigious international architecture event.

World Architecture Festival is the largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries. 2,200 architects from 60 countries are expected to attend.

Michael Heenan, Design Principal of AJ+C said: “This year Australian practices have again made their presence felt in record numbers, with 37 projects listed among the 350 finalists. We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards, placing us in the company of some of the world’s best architects.”

New Project Release: Distinctive “Polaris” apartments in North Sydney launched
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Polaris

New Project Release: Distinctive “Polaris” apartments in North Sydney launched

Located on the corner of Pacific Highway and Berry Street, North Sydney, the 218-apartment building comprises 1 – 3 bedroom apartments and 3 levels of commercial space. Its unique crystalline form was driven by the technical requirements of the site, and in particular, the need to provide maximum sunlight into this and surrounding buildings. “The form of the building was created by allowing the sun’s rays to define its profile. By reverse engineering the hours of required sunlight to neighbouring properties we defined a building envelope. The design of the final crystalline form fitting within the envelope to create no overshadowing and produce the building’s unique character,” said Peter Ireland.

The signature tower on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Berry Street carries through the crystalline character with a metaliic rain screen sheath and a folded metal canopy at street level. The canopy provides shelter and defines the residential and commercial entries.

Allen Jack+Cottier is currently working on a wide range of mixed use and multi residential projects in Sydney, Parramatta, (regional NSW and Western Australia).

New Project Release: PLACE OF COURTYARDS: A BUILDING FOR DREAMING, LIVING AND LEARNING: St Catherine’s College, Perth WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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St Catherines College Student Accommodation

New Project Release: PLACE OF COURTYARDS: A BUILDING FOR DREAMING, LIVING AND LEARNING: St Catherine’s College, Perth WESTERN AUSTRALIA

We were asked to create “a building in which to dream” – a new type of accommodation for university students at St Catherine’s College, ten minutes from Perth’s city centre near the University of Western Australia’s Crawley Campus. We extended this brief to embrace the landscape, carefully locating the five new buildings around a number of significant existing trees to form a series of linked, generous courtyards, tied back to the existing college buildings via transparent walkways and glazed bridges. The result is an elegant series of buildings, familiar in its context with a forward thinking outlook.

AJ+C Design Director & Principal, Michael Heenan said: ‘This is a place of courtyards, located by the careful preservation of existing trees and defined by the buildings. There is a serenity and calmness away from the buzz of the city that makes St Catherine’s so special.’

The building was inspired by the University’s Student Housing Strategy “to live and learn on campus, enhancing the student experience and allowing students to become fully involved in the intellectual and cultural activities of The University”. Common facilities are located throughout the campus, including a 25m pool, a conference centre, two roof terraces, tutorial rooms, small private studios/music rooms, informal breakout spaces, and common rooms with separate kitchenettes for shared meals and parties. Light coloured masonry facades reference the materials used in the older parts of the University, while crisp modern touches such as stainless steel columns and dark coloured sunshades reference the forward thinking approach to education initiated in Australia by UWA and the College.

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